COGCC introduces new web tool for quick access to frequently sought oil and gas data
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission introduced a new online tool today that allows the public to get a quick and wide-ranging snapshot of oil and gas-related activity statewide or by county.
The “Daily Activity Dashboard” linked from the COGCC homepage is a visual and interactive tool providing a more efficient route to information on pending permits, well status, production, well inspections, violation notices, notifications from operators and spills.
“The COGCC website already provides perhaps the most comprehensive access to data of any state oil and gas agency in the country; the Dashboard marks another big step in information transparency we strive for,” said COGCC director Matt Lepore. “We hope this feature makes it easier for the public and for local officials to more quickly access the key pieces of information most often sought.”
The Dashboard feature does not replace COGCC’s existing and extensive web-based data search tools but it does offer a simpler and faster way to see the latest and most popular information provided on the agency’s website. A visual, interactive tool, the dashboard allows anyone to generate custom statistical charts, graphs, tables, and simple maps in near real-time. Further, because the information found in many of the tables has been linked to associated COGCC data, users can easily go deeper for additional information.
The website is part of an ongoing focus at COGCC to strengthen its regulation of oil and gas development in Colorado.
Since 2011, the COGCC under the administration of Governor John Hickenlooper has crafted rules to increase setbacks, reduce nuisance impacts, protect groundwater, cut emissions, disclose hydraulic fracturing chemicals, increase spill reporting, significantly elevate penalties for operators violating Commission rules, toughen requirements for operating in floodplains and enlarge the role of local governments in locating large facilities.
The Commission has also significantly expanded oversight staff, dramatically increased online availability of regulatory data, intensified collaboration with local governments, sponsored ongoing studies to increase understanding of impacts to air and water and adopted several formal policies to address health and safety issues brought about by new technologies and increased energy development in Colorado.